CALOOCAN City: Jessica Marasigan

Describe your childhood/growing years (8-13 years old)
My childhood was incredible growing up for all the right reasons: an amazing family, great friends, and joyous memories. Aside from it being filled with laughter and love, I always dealt with the insecurity of not being comfortable in my own skin. As a little girl, I thought the only skin that mattered was being light skinned with blonde eyes and golden hair. I used to hate the color of my skin and how I looked different from all the other light skinned girls around me in school. I used to be picked on because I was different. Growing up now, it doesn’t bother me as much anymore because I learned as long as your love yourself, that’s all that matters. I grew confidence in my own skin and accepting the fact, that I was proud to be Filipino. I overcame my insecurity by joining pageants which helped me gain confidence in myself and to love my morena skin. Now, I am proud of who I am and what I am yet to become.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
The lesson that I learn from growing up in my childhood years is that all have problems that we go through, will make us stronger…only if we let it. Everyone has problems and we need to keep that in mind when it feels like our life is being unfair. Problems in life are inevitable, but it is how we overcome them that show us who we truly are. We all have some sort of issue going on that we need to power through in order to become a stronger person. Whether it be that one heartbreak we all have gone through or being bullied in school. These problems are in our lives to make us stronger people. Personal, professional, mental, and physical problems teach us just how strong we can be.

Most memorable moment
My memorable moment in life was become a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother: Season 7 (PBB737).

What is the most unusual thing you've ever done?
The most unusual thing I have ever done was being able to leave my family in America to follow my dreams of becoming an actress here in the Philippines. My family has always been my rock and beside me growing up, so being without them and living by myself in a country I didn’t know anything about was life changing. Through its ups and down, it made me become a more responsible and independent adult. I had to learn the hard way,that I needed to stop being scared with opening an unfamiliar door, and to challenge myself. It made me grow up a lot as a young adult and I couldn’t thank the Philippines enough for making me become a more brave individual.

What is your ambition in life?
My ambition in life is to help others. I have always had a strong desire to help those around me who need help. It can be people or animals. It gives me a sort of happiness, knowing I can make a simple smile on someone’s face with an act of kindness. I do my best to help those who need my help and it gives me joy to find that I have been a service to someone. To work for others gives me a peace of mind.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I want to be the next Miss Philippines Earth 2017 because I want to help lead others to become more responsible and take action to in helping Mother Earth. I know I can make a difference by inspiring my community to lift their spirits and give them hope that we can make a difference with just one step at a time. That we all can make a change for a better and safer future for our future generations, if we all can come together with positivity and strength.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is to spread awareness of the usage of Solar Energy in the Filipino community. The Philippines is known for being a sunny and bright country so, we should take that to our advantage with the use of solar panels to promote saving energy.

Miss Earth Caloocan City

Jessica Marasigan
23 years old